New Orleans Cajun Holiday Celebration

November 30, 2018 - December 6, 2018
7 days / 12 meals
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***Sold Out!*** Please call to be placed on our waitlist. Featuring 3 nights in New Orleans to experience their unique and authentic holiday culture!

Day 1: Little Rock, AR
Depart for Little Rock to experience the wonder of the Christmas season at the historic Edgemont House with nationally-known home and garden guru, Chris Olsen. Tour the mansion entirely decorated with modern and vintage holiday decorations including 8 Christmas trees! Enjoy a delicious dinner before a private conversation with Chris about holiday gardens and decor. Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Little Rock. D

Day 2: Lafayette, LA
Experience a Cajun and Creole Holiday in Lafayette, LA. Martin Accordions opens their family owned business for a factory tour of how they custom craft fine diatonic accordions. For a special treat, 3 generations of the family will demonstrate Cajun, Creole and Zeydeco music including Christmas tunes on these fine Cajun squeeze boxes! Care to dance? After dinner, feel festive walking the Acadiana tradition of Noel Acadien au Village alit in over ½ million lights. B, D

Day 3: Antebellum Estate
Travel to the festive Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, the crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road. Explore the 16-room antebellum estate filled with holiday décor, period antiques and Louisiana art with a costumed guide. Walk outside amongst the majestic Oak Trees and lush gardens finely decorated for Christmas. Did you see the iconic Mr. Bingle puppet ornament? Enjoy brunch at Café Burnside on the property before departing for New Orleans. Wonder at the splendidly-decorated Garden District homes with a drive along St. Charles Avenue before unpacking for 3 nights at the luxurious Hotel Provincial located in the French Quarter just blocks from Bourbon Street. Stroll the French Quarter checking out dazzling lights and eateries for dinner at leisure. B, L

Day 4: New Orleans
Get to know the Old-World ambiance of New Orleans dressed up for the holidays as our local step-on guide highlights the distinctive history, customs and architecture of this romantic city. Visit a local cemetery to learn of their unusual burial practice. See the elegant homes in the Garden District with their columned porches, mighty oaks and verdant gardens and all the ins and outs of the French Quarter. It is tradition to experience a Reveillon meal during the holidays as practiced by Creole families in the mid-1800’s. Savor this authentic experience at Court of 2 Sisters located in the heart of the French Quarter. A special holiday evening is planned with a visit to “Celebration of the Majestic Oaks” glittering extravaganza. See Oaks draped in a million of glistening festive lights on a train ride through the park. B, D

Day 5: New Orleans
Enjoy a magical tour at Mardi Gras World for an insider’s view of how the colorful floats are made and taste the famous Mardi Gras king cake. Need another Christmas gift? Shop the Riverwalk Mall outlet collections featuring dozens of retailers on the Mississippi River. Lunch is at the legendary Mulate’s, the original Cajun Restaurant. Visit the #1 attraction in New Orleans; The National WWII Museum. Explore the various galleries at your own pace and experience the popular Beyond All Boundaries 4-D Movie. Your evening is at leisure. Perhaps you will want to attend a holiday music performance at the St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica where the acoustics lend an air of reverence to the songs being sung. What a Christmas memory-maker! B, L

Day 6: Christmas on the Plantation
Travel north to the Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gin a Rand McNally “must see” in the South. Dating from the 1790’s explore the plantation with a costumed guide and get insight into Christmas on the Plantation and the contrast between the working cotton plantation of the early 1800’s and the modern plantation. Try your hand at pickin’ cotton before feeling the spirit of the season while seated in an 1800’s plantation church to be serenaded with holiday music including O Holy Night – originally a French hymn! Overnight in Ridgeland, MS. B, L

Day 7: Return Home B

Per person rates
double $1499
triple/quad $1363
single $1849